The year may be drawing to a close, but there is a flurry of major events over the next two to three weeks to attract senior IT directors and managers away from their desks, not only in the UK but further afield in Europe.
Next week it is all aboard for IT directors in the financial services sector as they join the cruise ship Aurora for the three-day annual CityIT conference. One highlight will be a session exploring if there are any common objectives IT heads and finance directors can share in the current climate of cost-cutting and offshoring.
Another theme is operational risk management, with Barclay Capital's director of IT, PJ di Giammarino, speaking on operational risk management, looking at the impact of Basel 2 and other regulations, and their impact on IT. Sandeep Chauhan, chief technology officer at Morgan Stanley, will examine the reality of servicing the multi-channel customer.
Slightly further away this week is the CIO Symposium in Amsterdam, following the formula of a related high-level conference in London this April. Speakers include Jose Eiras, chief information officer of General Motors Europe, on best practices outsourcing; Vince Long, CIO of Autologic, on the topic of "process as a religion"; and security and IT strategy from Jim Onalfo, CIO of the New York Police Department.
The European IT user community decamps to Cannes in the south of France from 7-11 November for Gartner's main European event of the year, the ITExpo, typically attended by more than 4,000 senior IT users. Speakers are mainly Gartner's own analysts covering the IT waterfront in terms of issues and themes.
For senior public sector IT directors, it is up to Manchester from 24-25 November for the E-Government Conference, part of the UK presidency of the European Union. Ian Watmore, head of the UK e-government unit and government CIO will discuss the UK's national IT strategy and how it aligns to European e-government goals.
The conference will feature the achievements, and showcase examples of best practice in European e-government and bring together the ministers and senior officials responsible.
The E-Government Conference will also host the E-Europe Awards, a programme that recognises good practice and robust e-government applications from around Europe.